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Two Scarsdale Men Arrested Early Sunday Morning Plus an Intruder on Franklin Road

nomadwhiskeyAfter midnight, Saturday, Jan. 28, police arrested Benjamin M. Reuter, 41, of Drake Road, on the misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated (first offense), as well as the infraction charges of refusal to take a breath test, having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and failing to stop. Police were called to a noise complaint at a tennis club on Wayside Lane. While there, Reuter drove up next to the patrol car and attempted to speak with police. Reuter's glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and incoherence led police to believe Reuter had been drinking alcohol.

Since the incident occurred on private property, Patrol instructed Reuter to park his 2005 Jeep Wrangler, which he did. According to the arrest report, Reuter "had poor hand eye coordination; his movements were lethargic; and there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath." Police advised Reuter he would not be able to drive home and encouraged him to call a cab or get a ride from a friend. During Reuter's encounter with police, Reuter allegedly became "belligerent." At 1 a.m., approximately 30 minutes after police arrived at the club, Reuter was escorted to another black Jeep, ostensibly to be driven home. According to police, no open containers of alcohol were observed in Reuter's car at this time.

Approximately one hour later, around 2 a.m., patrol noticed Reuter's black Jeep Wrangler in motion. While patrolling a tour of schools, parks, houses of worship, the library and Village Hall, police saw Reuter's Jeep fail to come to a stop while exiting the tennis club parking lot and entering Wayside Lane. Police conducted a traffic stop at Wayside Lane and Paddington Road. At this time, Reuter got out of his car, and started going through his wallet to look for his ID. Police ordered Reuter to get back inside his car, but Reuter did not comply. While going through his wallet, Reuter was allegedly swaying back and forth and dropping numerous cards to the ground. According to the report, "Reuter struggled to locate and pick up the dropped cards, as he was unsteady on his feet and was having difficulty using his hands."

A sergeant and two additional patrol officers arrived to assist. A 50 ml bottle of Nomad whiskey was found in the Jeep's center console during the traffic stop, and it was empty. It was confiscated during investigation. Reuter agreed to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was asked to submit to an alco-sensor pre-screening test. At this time, Reuter refused to perform the test. Police arrested Reuter for driving while intoxicated. Reuter was taken to headquarters for arrest processing. At headquarters, Reuter was advised of the DWI warning. He refused to take a Datamaster test to measure his blood alcohol level. He refused to be fingerprinted or photographed. He refused repeated offers to make a phone call, and he refused to answer any of the suicide screening questions. For this reason, he was placed under constant supervision.

Reuter was arraigned before Judge Joachim Alemany and released on $100 cash bail. He was ordered to appear in Scarsdale Village Justice Court on Feb. 1. Reuter's Jeep was parked and locked on Paddington Road. As part of the bail hearing, the car keys were vouchered and kept at police headquarters.

3 a.m. Stop of Post Road Speeder Leads to Warrant Arrest

While conducting DWI enforcement on Post Road at 2:47 a.m., Jan. 29, police noticed a 2010 Acura MDX travelling south at a high rate of speed. Police conducted a traffic stop and asked for the driver's license and registration. A DMV check of the license yielded an active arrest warrant for "failure to appear" in court, issued by the Village of Scarsdale in December 2016. Further inquiry also showed that the driver's license was currently suspended for "failure to pay a fine" in Suffolk County. The driver – Matthew G. Lestrange, 20, of Scarsdale – was arrested on warrant and charged with speeding in zone (a violation) and third-degree aggravated operation of a motor vehicle (a misdemeanor). Lestrange was placed on constant supervision while at headquarters. Following the processing of his arrest, Lestrange was released on $100 cash bail. He is due to appear in Scarsdale Village Justice Court Feb. 1.

Intruder Enters Occupied Home on Franklin Road

An intruder entered a Franklin Road house during the early morning hours of Jan. 23. According to a nanny employed by the homeowner, intruder was moving through the house with a flashlight. She thought the person was the homeowner's son as he peered into her first floor bedroom with a flashlight and briefly awakened from sleep. She then heard the basement door opening. In the morning, when the homeowner realized things were missing from an office in the house, the nanny realized the person must have been the intruder. Stolen items included a computer, camera and money. These items were removed from their cases and from purses. An iPad was left in the room. Police are following up.

Car break-in

A Mayflower Road woman reported someone entered her parked and unlocked Volvo overnight Jan. 24 to 25. The glove box was open, and papers were scattered about. However, the woman did not believe anything was stolen.

Identity theft

On Jan. 28, a Cooper Road man reported someone used his personal information to open a fraudulent Ameritrade account Jan. 28. He learned about it through paperwork he received on the account. No monetary loss was reported, and the man contacted Ameritrade to close the account.

Check fraud

On Jan. 28, a Crest Lane man reported a Chase check he had written to MasterCard and mailed at the mailbox at Heathcote Road and Palmer Avenue on Jan. 20 or Jan. 22 had not been received by MasterCard. Instead a fraudulent check for $350, bearing the same check number, had been cashed on Jan. 23. The signature on the check was fraudulent. There was no name written in the "Pay to order of" section. The man reported the incident to Chase Bank for follow-up.

Broken window

A Farley Road man reported finding the rear window of his Chevy Volt broken Jan. 23. The man first thought someone might have thrown a rock and damaged his car. However, investigating officers believe the damage was not caused by criminality. Officers found the core of a piece of fruit in the car's back seat and noted the car's location under a tree. Officers surmised that most likely an animal dropped the fruit from a tree limb, causing the car window to break.


A taxi driver called police reporting a fare dispute on Brittany Close Jan. 23. Upon arrival, patrol spoke with the driver who stated there had been a misunderstanding. He said he thought his passenger was trying to skip out on a fare, but she was only delayed with an interview that lasted longer than expected. She was in the taxi when police arrived. She agreed to pay her full fare after the driver drove her home.

Goal post

A caller reported seeing a goal post swaying in the wind on the front field at Quaker Ridge School Jan. 23. Police notified the principal's office for the maintenance and grounds crews to check the post's condition.


A person reported seeing a man with a flashlight "looking through windows" at Edgewood School at 10:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Police arrived at the school and saw that the person there was a school district employee. He said he had been checking the exterior of the building with a flashlight, as he has done every night for the past four years.


On Jan. 26, a manager of a Post Road group home reported one of the home's residents left the home Jan. 24 and had not yet returned. She was described as a 44-year-old white woman. According to a transportation provided, the woman was taken to an appointment at 9 a.m., Jan. 24, and dropped off at the group home at 12:41 p.m. that same day. Patrol checked with acquaintances who might know the whereabouts of the woman, but no one had seen her recently. Police contacted area hospitals and consulted with other police departments, but these facilities did not have any records of seeing her recently either.


A water department employee reported water was flowing from a Lincoln Road garage Jan. 27. Police contacted a real estate agent whose name was on a sign posted in front of the house. The agent said the homeowner would be notified.

Locked out

A caller reported a boy trying to wedge something into a Taunton Road front door in an attempt to get inside the house Jan. 27. Police determined the boy was a resident of the house. He had gotten locked out, and his parents would not be home for another two hours. The boy said he would stay with a friend in the meantime.


A girl walking to school reported seeing a person sleeping in the fireplace area of Scout Field Jan. 29. Patrol twice went to the location and eventually encountered the person at 10:45 p.m. The person said he had been sleeping there because his parents allegedly kicked him out of their house. Patrol advised the person he could not stay there, as he was on private property. The person contacted a friend and asked to stay with the friends. He gathered his belongings and left.

Cars and roadways

On Jan. 23, Verizon was notified about a low-hanging wire from poles on Barry Road.
Police called the highway department to clear a fallen tree from the intersection of Greendale Road and Windmill Circle Jan. 23.
Police issued a parking summons to the registered owners of parked cars blocking the passage of a school bus on Sage Terrace Jan. 23.
Police helped untangle a fallen phone wire from a parked car on Mamaroneck Road Jan. 23. The wire was moved to the side of the road, and Verizon was notified.
A caller reported a Christmas tree in the middle of Saxon Woods Road Jan. 23. Patrol moved the discarded tree from the roadway, where it had become a partial obstruction.
The highway department removed a fallen tree from Reynal Crossing Jan. 24.
Scarsdale and New Rochelle police directed traffic around a pothole on Weaver Street, while waiting for the pothole to be coned off, Jan. 24.
Patrol stood by while a driver changed a flat tire at Sheldrake and Mamaroneck roads Jan. 24.
Police asked the driver of a construction vehicle to move it from Fenimore Road onto Oakstwain Road Jan. 25.
The highway department dispatched a hot patch team to address a large pothole on Post Road Jan. 25.
A tree branch fell on a car parked in the Wilgrin parking lot, on Palmer Avenue, Jan. 26. It broke the windshield. The driver requested a tow to bring the car to her house in the Bronx.
Police moved a fallen phone wire off the sidewalk at Weaver Street and Haverford Avenue Jan. 26. Verizon was notified.
Patrol helped a driver with a flat tire move her car into a Fenimore Road driveway while the driver was waiting for a tow Jan. 27. Police first consulted with the homeowner of the Fenimore Road house to ask permission for the car to be parked there while waiting for roadside assistance because there was heavy traffic on Fenimore Road and the disabled car was making it worse. The homeowner was gracious and accommodating.
Police placed flares around a disabled car on Weaver Street while the driver waited for roadside assistance Jan. 27.
Patrol placed traffic cones on Olmsted Road to facilitate congested traffic during an estate sale on Brite Avenue Jan. 28.
A car was illegally parked on Wayside Lane Jan. 28. Patrol contacted the owner, and the owner moved the car.
Police called roadside assistance for a man who accidentally locked his keys in his car on Mamaroneck Road Jan. 28.
An unoccupied, parked car was left running in Wilgrin parking lot Jan. 29. Police contacted the driver who said she must have accidentally left the car running. She returned to the car and turned it off.
A moving truck was blocking traffic on Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Roads Jan. 29. Patrol advised the movers they needed to use a flagman to assist with traffic flow. One of the movers was assigned to that task.
Four car accidents were reported in the village this week.


A man called 911 at 9:45 p.m., Jan. 23, because he felt unsure about getting out of his car in his mother's Meadow Road driveway due to a neighbor's two dogs standing there. The dog's owner brought the dogs inside the house before police arrived. The owner said he would be more careful with the dogs in the future.

Dogs were reported to be on playground equipment on Hyatt Field, on Boulevard, at 8:48 a.m., Jan. 29. On scene, police spoke with three men who had brought their dogs to the park. Patrol advised them dogs were not allowed on the park – either on or off leash, as per signs bordering the park. The men and their dogs left.

Village code

An advertising sign for a sports camp was posted at Rodney and Nelson roads in violation of village code Jan. 27. Patrol removed the sign and mailed a summons to the company that posted it.

A Stonehouse Road caller reported kids making noise on Wayside Lane after midnight Jan. 28. Patrol responded and found an ongoing event at Fox Meadow Tennis Club. Patrol spoke with the Club's president regarding the noise complaint. The president and other guests complied with lowering the noise level.

Patrol advised a Nelson Road landscaper of village code regarding use of power tools on weekends Jan. 28. The landscaper was issued a verbal warning.

Lost and found

On Jan. 23, a person reported losing a license plate somewhere in the village Jan. 12.

 A passerby found a wallet on East Parkway and brought it to police Jan. 23. Police used identifying information inside the wallet to track down the owner, who was a 7-Eleven employee. The owner confirmed nothing was missing from the wallet.

An iPhone was found outside the train station on Depot Place Jan. 27. It had a name taped to the back of case. The owner used a "Find My iPhone" app to track down her phone to headquarters. She came to headquarters and claimed her phone.


Fallen wires on Mamaroneck Road were reported Jan. 23. They were determined to be phone wires.
Firefighters helped removed a fallen tree from Secor Road by using chain saws to cut up the tree Jan. 23.
Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of a Barry Road gas leak Jan. 25.
A smoke odor on Sycamore Road was traced to a roadwork crew using hot pot to patch the road Jan. 26.
Firefighters helped a Secor Road resident change a smoke detector battery Jan. 27.

This week, firefighters assisted at one car accident in the village. They responded to eight false alarms caused by device malfunction, shower steam, cooking smoke and pipe soldering.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Jan. 23-29 was compiled from official information.

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Police Report: Suspects Caught With 27 Fraudulent ATM Cards, Runaway Car Injures Owner

MammaroneckTreeBranchMore details have emerged in the Jan. 18 arrests of two suspects caught using multiple fraudulent debit cards to withdraw more than $29,000 from Webster Bank ATM machines. Police received a report of suspicious ATM activity at Webster Bank's Popham Road branch at approximately 2:19 p.m. According to the bank manager, two Asian men in their mid-20s to 30s entered the bank on Saturday, Jan. 14, and "acted suspicious" while withdrawing money from the ATM machines. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, employees noticed their ATM machines were low on funds, and the ATM machines at Webster Bank's East Parkway branch were also low on funds. This put the banks on alert for possible fraudulent ATM activity. On Jan. 18, the Popham Road branch serviced its ATM machines and discovered $3,000 had been withdrawn overnight. This was unusual because, according to the manager, only an average of between $20 and $1,300 is withdrawn from the bank on a daily basis. At 1:30 p.m., the same men who suspiciously withdrew cash from the ATM on Jan. 14 entered the Popham Road bank again. They were seen standing at the ATM machines "for a long time," withdrawing cash multiple times. This is what prompted a call to police. An officer on downtown foot patrol arrived in less than two minutes and located the suspects. The suspects had left the bank, but one returned while police were there, and the other was standing outside across the street from the bank. At first, the suspect who was detained in the bank told police "no English" and did not respond to questions. A fraudulent ATM card was observed hanging out of the suspect's pocket, and police confiscated it. As officers interviewed the two suspects during the on-scene investigation, they discovered numerous additional fraudulent ATM cards in the suspects' pockets. According to police, "Both suspects were in possession of 27 fraudulent bank ATM cards, none of which had cardholders' names, and most of which did not have any account number or bank information on them. The ATM cards all had 4-digit PIN numbers written on the back of them. Fraudulent transactions at the bank where the suspects were arrested exceeded $29,000."

Suspect Yan Lin Liu, 33, of Flushing, NY was arrested on 27 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class-D felony. Suspect Huirong Liu, 24, of Flushing, NY was also arrested on 27 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Both suspects were arraigned in Scarsdale Village Justice Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail on $60,000 bail each. Both defendants are Chinese citizens in the United States on a visa. Police are continuing their investigation of the incident, identifying both the financial institutions and account holder information encoded on the cards. The US Secret Service, operating out of its White Plains office, assisted the Scarsdale Police Department and police are also working with the Westchester County District Attorney's Office Financial Crimes Division on the ongoing investigation.

Irene Frankel, 94, of Brewster Road, died at home of natural causes Jan. 16.

Woman struck by own car
On Jan. 22, a 41-year-old Brittany Close woman was struck by her own car after she failed to put the car into park after pulling into her driveway. When police arrived at the accident scene, they saw the woman sitting in her 2017 Infiniti, bleeding from her left leg. She said she had just pulled into her driveway and thought she had put her car into park. As she was grabbing things from the back seat while outside the car, the vehicle began rolling backwards. The woman's six-year-old daughter was still inside the car, so the woman ran after the car and tried to get back inside to stop it. As the front tire and driver's side front door struck the curb, the car turned and rolled back onto the resident's front lawn. She told police she was not sure if the front driver's side wheel ran over her leg or if the tire pinned her leg up against curbing – thus causing injury. As the car drove over the lawn, the woman continued to run after it. She was eventually able to get back into the car and put it in park. Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps took the woman to White Plains Hospital Center for treatment. SVAC evaluated the daughter, and no injuries were reported. The resident's husband was on scene to attend to their daughter.

Car break-ins
On Jan. 21, a Continental Road man reported two unlocked cars in his driveway – a Jeep and an Infiniti – had been entered and rummaged through overnight. Sunglasses were stolen from the Jeep, and a set of golf clubs in the trunk had been moved. It did not appear as if anything had been taken from the Infiniti.

Identity theft
On Jan. 21, a Cayuga Road woman reported receiving two phone calls about fraudulent credit applications with Bank of America and Fifth Third Bank. The calls were received on Jan. 16 and 17. On Jan. 19, the woman learned someone had submitted a fraudulent request to have her mail forwarded to an address in Orlando, Florida. Thus, any packages sent to the woman's Scarsdale address would have gone to Orlando, if the woman had not realized the issue. The woman notified the post office, and the US Postmaster opened an incident for the unauthorized change of address.

On Jan. 21, as patrol was entering Freightway Garage for a routine check at 10 p.m., a 22-year-old Crest Lane man and a 20-year-old Crest Lane woman stopped their car while they were exiting the garage to report that they had just been assaulted by acquaintances. The man and woman said the attackers were possibly still on the upper level of the garage. Patrol immediately informed dispatch and requested Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps because the woman was bleeding from the nose and had pain in her head and face. Police canvassed the area for the suspects, but no one was found. The man and woman said they had arrived at the garage to meet up with some friends and hang out. While they were outside their car talking to friends, a female acquaintance approached the woman and said that the two needed to talk. As they walked around the car to talk, the acquaintance said, "I hear you are talking s**t about me from plenty of people. The woman told the acquaintance she was not talking about her. The acquaintance then punched the woman in the nose with a closed fist. She grabbed her hair and starting punching the woman in the face and back of the head. The punches caused bruising and swelling of the cheeks and nose. The man said he attempted to separate the two women, but the acquaintance's boyfriend stepped in and started punching him in the face and chest. The man told police he was not injured in any way. The woman was taken to White Plains Hospital Center for evaluation. The man said he would provide information about the suspects for follow-up. Police questioned the drivers and occupants of three cars that left Freightway Garage during the time police were on scene. No one in any of those cars said they saw the incident.

A worker called police because he was having a dispute with a Madison Road man Jan. 19. The worker said the man had written him a check for previously done work but was threatening to cancel the check if the worker did not come back the next day to do more work. The worker said he would only be able to do the additional work the following week. The man confirmed the worker's statements and was adamant in his communication about the worker returning the following day to do additional work. At this point, the worker said he would not come back at all because he was unhappy with the way he was being treated. Police advised the man he should not cancel the check because it was for already completed work, done to the man's satisfaction. Police advised the worker to pursue the matter in small claims court if the man cancelled the check.

A caretaker of a Richbell Road house called police, stating she did not know why people and cars were in the driveway at 9:30 p.m., Jan. 19. She said the house was for sale and there had been an appointment to show the house at 7 p.m. The realtor, who was identified as one of the people outside the house, said he did show his clients the house at 7 p.m. His clients left their car in the driveway while they looked at other properties, and they had returned to pick up their car. Everything was deemed to be in good order.

Police set up a perimeter around a Ridgecrest East house after a resident called 911, reporting a possible intruder at 11:40 p.m., Jan. 19. Police made contact with the resident via a second floor window. The resident said she no longer thought anyone was in the house, except for her and her daughter. She also said her daughter was now in a panic. Police checked the house and its surroundings. They found no signs of attempted forced entry, no footprints and nothing out of the ordinary.

Ride home
On Jan. 20, an elderly man walked into headquarters. He was disoriented and said he did not know how to get back home. Patrol gave him a courtesy ride home and spoke with his wife, who was there. She said he was suffering from dementia. She did not request any further assistance.

Missing mother-in-law
A passerby saw an elderly woman walking on Huntington Avenue without a shoe around 9:45 a.m., Jan. 21. Due to a French and English language gap, the passerby was not able to assist the woman; so the passerby called police. Police drove the elderly woman to headquarters to further assist her. While the woman was at headquarters, a Sage Terrace woman called to report her mother-in-law was missing. The mother-in-law was described as a French-speaking Alzheimer's patient, whose physical description matched that of the woman at headquarters. The Sage Terrace woman and her mother-in-law were reunited, and no further assistance was needed.

On Jan. 20, a Brewster Road man asked police to document three peculiar incidents that occurred over the past three weeks. First, the man noticed the mesh screen over his dryer vent became detached. Next, he noticed the padlock on his storage area became unlocked. It showed no signs of force, and the lock appeared intact. Third, he noticed a kitchen window slightly ajar, even thought he had been home all day and the window had allegedly been locked. Patrol checked the window for signs of criminality or pry marks; however, nothing unusual was detected. The man said he would install alarm sensors on the window.

Cars and roadways
On Jan. 16, a Walworth Avenue man reported a black van with tinted windows and a skull decal "lingering suspiciously" in front of his house around 8 a.m. The van belonged to workers employed to do construction work across the street.
Police conducted a traffic stop of a car that had been blocking the intersection of Tompkins and Fenimore roads Jan. 17. A department of motor vehicles check of the car's license plate revealed a suspended registration. A further check of the driver's license and insurance card indicated that they were also suspended - due to an insurance lapse. The driver, a 49-year-old Hartsdale woman, was unaware of the insurance lapse. Police removed the car's license plates and had the car towed to the driver's residence. The driver was issued appropriate summonses.
Three summonses were issued to the owners of illegally parked cars on Freightway Road Jan. 17.
A Mercedes Benz stalled on Brite Avenue and Fenimore Road after midnight Jan. 19. After waiting for a tow from AAA, the driver asked police to call a tow for him. Duty tow was dispatched and took the car to a location in White Plains, at the driver's request.
Parked cars were causing a hazardous condition on Whig Road Jan. 19. Police successfully got all the drivers to move their cars.
Police issued a summons to an illegally parked car on Ogden Road Jan. 19.
A disabled Ford Explorer was towed from Greenacres Avenue to a dealership in Pleasantville, at the driver's request Jan. 19.
Police directed traffic around a disabled car on Weaver Street while the driver waited for a tow Jan. 20.
Police issued a summons to the owner of a parked car partially obstructing a Secor Road driveway Jan. 22.
Seven car accidents were reported in the village this week.

A Collie with a pink collar was following a caller around the neighborhood of Bradford and Broadmoor roads Jan. 20. The dog was reunited with its owner before police arrived.
A Hamilton Road woman asked for help removing a wild animal from her house at 10 p.m., Jan. 20. She said she saw what appeared to be a rat or squirrel jump across her master bedroom dresser. Police did not observe any animals on scene. They provided the woman with contact information for local trappers. The woman said she would stay in a hotel overnight and contact pest control in the morning.
Police issued a verbal warning to a man who brought his allegedly "unleashed" dog into a park on Boulevard, while kids were playing in the park, Jan. 22. Police explained it was against village code to have unleashed dogs in the park.

Village code
Police advised a solar panel salesman he needed a permit before he could solicit door to door in the village Jan. 18. The man, who had been going door to door on Madison Road, said he was not aware of village code and promised to obtain any necessary permits.

Lost and found
Car keys, miscellaneous keys and a lanyard key ring were found on a rock in Drake Road Park Jan. 16. Police vouchered them at headquarters for safekeeping.
On Jan. 17, a Paddington Road resident reported that his license plates were destroyed after his 2008 Town & Country suburban was sold in an online auction Dec. 12. The resident said he forgot to remove the plate before the vehicle was picked up. The resident needed a report about the lost/destroyed plates.
Police found two street signs on the side of Kensington and Chesterfield roads Jan. 20. The signs were for the intersections of Chesterfield and Shawnee roads and Post Road and Rugby Lane. Police drove to these intersections and found street signs currently intact. Thus, police concluded the recently found street signs were from a past incident and had been replaced in the meantime. The signs were recovered and taken to the highway department.
On Jan. 18, an Oak Lane woman reported losing her Apple watch at a Scarsdale nail salon. On Jan. 20, the woman said her watch had been found.
A customer left her purse in a Palmer Avenue nail salon Jan. 20. Employees gave the purse to police. Police called the owner, who gratefully retrieved her purse.

A Madison Road resident accidentally got locked out of the resident's house Jan. 17. Firefighters helped the resident get back in the house.
A Cohawney Road babysitter and dog accidentally got locked out of their house Jan. 17. Firefighters helped them get back in the house.
A new car running in a Heathcote Road garage caused a burning odor inside the garage Jan. 19. Firefighters did not find any cause for alarm and surmised the burning odor was the scent of a new car being broken in. The car was moved outside the garage; windows were opened for ventilation; and the odor dissipated.
The water department was called about a water leak near a fire hydrant on Old Lyme Road Jan. 19.
This week, firefighters assisted at two car accidents in the village. They responded to sixteen false fire alarms, caused by device malfunction, cooking smoke, shower steam, a detector falling from the ceiling and low battery.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Jan. 17-22 was compiled from official information.

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Manhunt in Greenacres After Woman is Grabbed Outside Her Home

helipcoptorMany Greenacres residents heard police helicoptors circling the neighborhood and saw police searching the streets on Thursday night 1-12. Residents were told an active investigation was underway and that they should lock their doors and remain inside. According to neighbors, a resident of Donellan Road was approached by a man in her driveway after walking home from the station. She got away unharmed. Police conducted an extensive search of the area, but were unable to locate him. By 10 pm, based on the reports and the number of police in the area, police doubt the suspect is still in Greenacres.

Here is their report:

(From the Scarsdale Police) On Thursday night at approximately 7:25 pm a Greenacres resident who walked home from the Hartsdale train station was confronted by a man in the driveway of her residence. The suspect grabbed the resident by the arm, and when she yelled out, the suspect fled. The victim was not injured and no property was taken. The resident stated that the suspect may have displayed a gun. The Scarsdale Police arrived quickly and conducted an extensive search of the area. The Scarsdale Police were assisted by the Westchester County Police, including canine and aviation units. At this time, a suspect has not been located, and the police are maintaining a high presence in the area.

Police Report: Alarm Scares off Early Morning Burglar and Firemen Lift Fallen Worker out of a House Foundation

policecruiserA triggered burglar alarm in an Old Lyme Road house alerted police to a burglary at 6:43 a.m., January 14. Police arrived at the house and noticed a rear kitchen door and garage door ajar. The kitchen door appeared to have been kicked in and it appeared to patrol that the point of entry and exit had been the kitchen. Police noticed a metal baseball bat lying on the floor of the front hallway foyer. All rooms appeared to be untouched. Nothing was ransacked. The homeowner was notified. She examined the house and believed nothing had been stolen. While canvassing the area for a possible suspect, patrol observed a white man in the rear of Quaker Ridge School. The man was going through garbage dumpsters. He was described as wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, dark gray sweat pants and black sneakers. The man said he had been in the area for the last 10-15 minutes, and he lives in New Rochelle. The man seemed nervous and first described his vehicle as a Toyota. The man then retracted his description of the vehicle and stated, "No. I mean a Honda." Patrol asked to see his car key, which was observed to be a Honda car key. The Honda was parked in the Quaker Ridge parking lot, near the Normandy entrance. Patrol asked to see the man's ID, at which time he stated he did not have one. Patrol then explained that he was in an area, where a crime just took place. The man then stated he had his ID but just didn't realize he had it on him. Patrol checked the garbage dumpsters for possible items that would be in question. Patrol thanked the man for his cooperation and continued to canvass the area.

On January 13, a family member reported an 84-year-old Hutchinson Avenue man died in his sleep.
On January 13, an 80-year-old Bradley Road man died at home.
On January16, a 94-year-old Brewster Road woman died at home.
Each death was determined to be a result of natural causes.

On January 14, a Cayuga Road woman reported professional movers had picked up various items from her mother's house and moved them to different locations. Among the items moved were family heirlooms and valuables that were to be moved to a New York City apartment. After unpacking, the woman realized some of these items were missing. These items included a doll, Cartier items, hats, and crystal objects. Their value was estimated to be more than $6,000.

Identity theft
On January 10, a Mayflower Road woman reported someone cashed a fraudulent check for $2,400 against her bank account on January 4. The woman learned of the incident after being contacted by Chase Bank. According to a bank investigation, the person who cashed the check first attempted to cash it at two different banks' drive-thru windows. A third bank cashed the check.

On January 10, a Richelieu Road resident reported someone requested credit card accounts at TJ Maxx and Target to be opened in his name.

On January 14, a Horseguard Lane resident reported an unauthorized person assumed his identity and attempted to open a fraudulent TJ Maxx credit card account. The resident learned of the incident after he received a letter from TJ Maxx denying the suspect's application.

On January 14, a Harvest Drive resident reported someone attempted to defraud him by transferring money out of his investment account. The suspect sent a fraudulent email to the resident's financial advisor on December 29, 2016, requesting a transfer of funds to the UK Bank of the IRA. The advisor found the email suspicious and contacted the resident for verification. The resident stated the email was fraudulent and changed his online passwords.

On January 14, a Rock Creek Lane man told police he thought he was the victim of identity theft because he allegedly called Amazon and was redirected to another company. The man said he hung up the phone and contacted Amazon about the incident. The man said he did not wish to file a formal report because he did not incur any loss.

Arrests on warrant
On January 9, an 18-year-old Bronxville man was arrested on the strength of two active bench warrants previously issued out of Scarsdale. An additional warrant was also active out of New York City. The man was first arrested by Yonkers police on an unrelated matter and held in Yonkers until Scarsdale police picked him up. He appeared before Judge Joachim Alemany at Scarsdale Village Justice Court and was remanded to Westchester County Jail, pending a court appearance on Jan. 11.

On Jan. 13, police arrested Shantaia Young, 32, of Bridgeport, Conn., on the strength of an active bench warrant previously issued out of Scarsdale. Young was first arrested by Harrison police on an unrelated matter and held in Harrison until Scarsdale police picked her up. She was released on $300 bail and issued an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court, returnable on January 18.

Firefighters rescue worker
On January 16, a worker fell into a finished structural foundation for a Heathcote Road house under construction. Firefighters and Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps members visually and verbally assessed the injured worker and looked for ground level exits to remove him from the hole. No ground level egress was found. Firefighters set up a high point rigging system to remove the worker from the hole. Upon getting the worker safely out of the foundation hole, Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported him to a hospital for treatment. This was the first time firefighters performed this kind of rescue.

Unpaid bill
On January 11, the manager of Zachy's Wine and Liquor Store, on East Parkway, asked police to document that a female customer was failing to pay a bill of $160.96. According to the manager, the customer had presented two checks from a closed Chase Bank account. She had also presented a credit card, but the "card was no good." The manager said he had been attempting to resolve the issue with the customer for three weeks. Patrol called the customer, and she said, "I'll pay the bill" before she quickly hung up the phone.

A Dell Road woman reported an unknown man in a gray Toyota Camry came to her door, without ringing or knocking, and then went to a neighbor's house and did the same thing January 12. The man allegedly looked in the neighbor's mailbox before he drove away toward Wildwood Road. Police left a message for the neighbor to contact police if anything seemed to be missing or out of place.

A caller reported that the retail section of the Chase Road post office, where cards are sold, was not secure at 7 p.m., January 14. Patrol arrived on scene and observed an open sliding door, allowing access to the post office's retail section. Patrol closed the door but could not secure it. Patrol attempted to call postal workers and the postal police. A postal police officer said he would send a member of his department to secure the door if possible.

A Farley Road man reported someone rang his doorbell and then left the front of his house at 12 a.m., January 15. While canvassing the area for the possible doorbell ringer, police noticed a neighbor's car door ajar. Police contacted the neighbor, who stated the door had been left open by mistake.

A Cohawney Road man asked police to help him walk down the stairs of his house and get into his car January 10. Police provided this service as a courtesy.

A driver said she encountered two white men on Old Lyme Road who allegedly "were trying to get her to stop her car" at 2:20 p.m., January 10. Police canvassed the area but did not find the men.

An Eastwoods Lane resident's son left the resident's house after allegedly drinking alcohol at 11:40 p.m., January 10. The resident was worried the son might drive home instead of walk home. Patrol went to the son's house and did not see the son's car in the driveway. Police searched possible routes of travel and did not see the son, either.

A Heathcote Road woman heard a "noise" near her driveway at 3:19 a.m., January 11. Police checked the driveway and yard and did not see anything suspicious. The report indicated heavy rainfall, with "water running down the gutters ... producing a great deal of noise," at the time of the call.

An Oak Lane homeowner saw, via camera, an unknown man come to the front door of her house while her nanny was home, at 7:47 a.m. and 8:10 a.m., January 13. The man was described as African American "with something red on his left arm" and wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans and a brown leather coat with patches on it. According to the homeowner, the man curiously said, "You have at your front door since yesterday." Police went to the house and talked to the nanny. She said she had not seen or heard anything because she was sleeping. The homeowner forwarded an image of the man captured by her security camera. According to police, the image was blurry, but the man appeared to be wearing a UPS jacket. Patrol also noted a large number of packages had been left by the front door.

A man with a dark complexion, wearing a dark jacket and winter hat with a "pom pom," was reportedly riding a bike and "looking into houses"on Springdale Road January 13. Police canvassed the area but did not encounter the man.

A caller reported a car driving slowly on Brittany Close at 8:15 p.m., January 16. Police found the car and spoke with the driver. The driver told police he was delivering food to Brittany Close but could not find the proper address. Police confirmed the driver's statements by observing both a receipt from a Mexican restaurant in Hartsdale and a large bag filled with authentic Mexican food. Police helped the driver find the right house and confirmed the delivery with the resident there.

A Penn Boulevard woman called 911 to report a man in a red SUV in her driveway January 9. The man told her he was there to survey her property, but she was suspicious because the man did not present an identification card. Police verified the man was an employee of the survey company hired by the woman.

Cars and roadways
After a caller reported concern about a woman in a brown coat walking on Post Road January 10, police located the woman at a Post Road bus stop. She said she lived on Post Road and had been walking in the street while on her way to the bus stop. Police advised her of the dangers of walking in the road.

Police put flares around a disabled car on Post Road while the driver waited for a tow January 10.

Police called a tow for a disabled vehicle on Post Road January 12.

On January 15, a caller reported a car parked in the roadway on Fox Meadow Road. Police found the car's owner, who moved the car back into a driveway. He said he forgot to put the car into first gear and engage the emergency brake while parking the car. This caused the car to roll backwards, down the driveway, and come to rest in the road. Police gave the owner a verbal warning and cautioned him to be more cautious when parking his car in the future.

A caller reported a car backing in and out of a Post Road driveway several times at 10: 20 p.m., January 15. Police went to the house to investigate. The car was determined to belong to the homeowner. The homeowner said he was attempting to back into his driveway, but he needed several attempts before achieving success, due to ice on the driveway.

This week, four car accidents were reported in the village.

Civil matter
On January 11, a Harvest Drive resident told police she felt her contractor stole approximately $350,000 from her. The resident said she felt work performed thus far on home renovations was not worth the $350,000 she had already paid to the contractor. Police advised the resident it was a civil matter.

A Forest Lane resident complained about a neighbor's barking dog January 9. When patrol arrived, the dog's owner was bringing the dog inside the house.

Lost and found
A Garth Road resident reported losing her driver's license somewhere in the village January 9.

A passerby found a wallet in the parking lot of Scarsdale Medical Center, on Heathcote Road, January 12. It appeared to have been left out in the elements for a few days. It contained an ID card, but police were not successful in tracking down the person using the name. The wallet was vouchered at headquarters.

A crossing guard found a Con Edison employee's wallet on the ground at the intersection of Nelson Road and Boulevard and gave it to police January 13. Inside the wallet, police found a business card of another Con Edison employee who was a member of corporate security. Patrol contacted that person and advised him that a colleague's wallet had been found. That person said he would attempt to notify the employee whose wallet had been lost. Police vouchered the wallet at headquarters for safekeeping.

On January 13, a Rock Creek Lane woman reported losing a diamond pendant necklace. The necklace was purchased in 1985 for $1,200.

On January 14, a Brook Lane woman reported the Department of Motor Vehicles in Ithaca was supposed to mail a New York State driver's license to her Brook Lane house; however, she never received the license. She was not sure if the license had possible gotten lost in transit. She wanted police to document the incident.

Police found a large orange wet/dry vacuum on the road at Mamaroneck and Post roads Jan. 15. It was vouchered at headquarters for safekeeping.

A set of keys were found on Drake Road and given to police January 16.

Firefighters assisted a Colonial Drive homeowner with an oil burner malfunction January 1.

The cause of a reported odor in a Walworth Avenue structure was not found, but thermal imagers proved there was no cause for alarm January 11.

Police stood by for Con Edison at the site of possible gas leak on Spencer Place January 11. The possible leak followed Con Edison work in the area earlier that day.

This week, firefighters assisted at one car accident in the village. They responded to one false carbon monoxide alarm and seventeen false fire alarms, caused by device malfunction, burnt food, shower steam, cooking smoke, changing an alarm battery and low battery.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Jan. 9-16 was compiled from official information.

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Georgia Man Arrested for 2012 Homicide after Confessing to Scarsdale Police and PTA Email is Hacked

footprintsA 37-year-old man from Georgia, came into Scarsdale Police Headquarters at 9:10 a.m., Friday Jan. 6, to report he had been involved in a crime in Roswell, Georgia. The man was interviewed by Scarsdale police and confessed to committing a shooting homicide. The homicide occurred in Roswell, Georgia, in January 2012. The Scarsdale Police Department Investigations Section contacted the Roswell, Georgia Police Department to confirm details of the man's statements. The Roswell, Georgia Police Department obtained an arrest warrant, and the subject was arrested by the Scarsdale Police Department on a "fugitive from justice" charge under New York State criminal procedure law 570.34. The defendant was arraigned in Scarsdale Village Justice Court and was remanded to Westchester County Jail, where he is being held pending a Superior Court hearing.

Investigators from the Roswell, Georgia Police Department traveled to Scarsdale to meet with police, interview the defendant and continue their investigation of the murder case. Because the defendant is the subject of active ongoing investigations in other jurisdictions, his identity is not being released at this time. Roswell police are not yet releasing details about the case.

Scarsdale Police Captain Thomas Altizio was able to clarify questions regarding the suspect's relationship with Scarsdale: "The suspect had no ties to Scarsdale at all, did not live or work here, and we have never had prior contact with him. He just happened to be walking by our headquarters and came in stating there was something he wanted to talk about. He initiated the contact with us. He did have an extensive arrest history from several states."

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the suspect is known as Kwayne Dozier or Kwame Dozier and he confessed to a drug and gang-related shooting in January 2012 at the Concepts 21 Apartment Complex on Old Holcolmb Bridge Road in Roswell. The victim is believed to be Ladell Deon Crumpton, age 31.

Identity theft
On Jan. 3, a 20-year-old Brewster Road man reported fraudulent charges occurred on one of his credit cards. The charges were made on Dec. 26, while the man was out of the country on a cruise. The first charge was for $3 at Flushing Commons, and the rest of the charges – of undisclosed amounts – were made at a Macy's store.

On Jan. 3, a Richbell Road man reported someone attempted to open several credit cards in his name. On Dec. 23, the person attempted to open store charge cards at Target and TJ Maxx, but the cards were denied. Both attempts occurred in the same mall at 117 Street and the FDR Drive in New York City. The cards were denied because the person submitted incorrect driver's license information and income information. Police are following up with possible video footage of the suspect recorded by the stores.

On Jan. 5, a Greenacres Avenue man reported someone fraudulently withdrew funds from his Chase bank account by assuming his identity at a Chase Bank branch in Brooklyn. The incident occurred Jan. 4 and resulted in the suspect withdrawing $6,480.13. Police are following up.

On Jan. 7, a Bradley Road man was contacted by Apple Bank about a suspicious $9 charge on his debit card account. The man confirmed the charge was fraudulent and found another fraudulent debit charge, of $115.97 on the same account. He informed the bank and police.

Electronic hackinghacker
Scarsdale Middle School PTA members reported their PTA email account had been hacked by someone attempting to defraud the PTA of $7,500 Jan. 6. An email was sent out to the PTA members from someone posing as a PTA representative, requesting that the PTA send the $7,500 to a Chase Bank account. The PTA members who were involved in the incident warned other PTA members about the scam and advised them to not open any suspicious-looking emails. PTA members were advised to change their account passwords.

On Jan. 6, a resident of an assisted living facility reported she thought her husband might be having relations with other female residents at the facility and he might harm her. After speaking with the woman's husband, facility staff and the couple's granddaughter, police learned the woman suffers from dementia. There was no evidence to cause police to question the safety of anyone involved.

On Jan. 7, a dementia patient called 911 and asked for the correct time. Police spoke with the woman's home health aide, and she said the woman was okay and not in need of assistance. On scene, patrol noticed a strong smell of exhaust and notified firefighters. Firefighters discovered the oil burner was malfunctioning, and they shut off the oil burner.

On Jan. 8, a Brite Avenue homeowner reported suspicious footprints in the snow. The footprints started at Brite Avenue, progressed up the driveway to an exterior side door, where the door seemed to have been pulled open and closed, and then the footprints led to a rear screen door. The unknown suspect then walked back down the driveway to Brite Avenue. No damage was found on the property, and the house did not appear to have been entered. The homeowner said he did not see the footprints at 11:30 p.m., Jan. 7, when he turned on his rear exterior light. Patrol canvassed the neighborhood looking for other similar footprints. Patrol found footprints leading from Brite Avenue to the front door of a neighbor's house across the street. These footprints were made across the lawn. Patrol knocked on the neighbor's door. He said the prints were made sometime between 10 p.m., Jan. 7 and 8 a.m., Jan. 8. He did not know who made the prints. Patrol photographed the prints and got ready to leave. However, while walking back to the police car, patrol saw a man shoveling snow on his property. Patrol asked the man if he had noticed any suspicious activity in the area overnight or if anyone had come to his house late at night. The man said a tall Hispanic man wearing a silver jacket had come to his house around 10 p.m., offering to shovel his driveway and walkway. No further information was available.

Welfare check
A caller asked police to check the welfare of her Greenacres Avenue parents who were not answering their house phone Jan. 7. The parents were fine. They said their landline was having some problems, but they could be reached by cell phone. Police provided the caller with an update.

Cars in the driveway
A Penn Boulevard woman reported a suspicious man knocked on her door and was then sitting in her driveway in a dark red sedan at 12:30 p.m., Jan. 3. The man was described as in his 30s and missing "a lot" of front teeth. He said he was conducting research. The woman said she was not interested and closed the door. The woman gave police a license plate number. However, when police researched the plate, it came back as belonging to a tan colored Nissan sedan, instead of a red sedan. Police canvassed the area for the man and his car, but neither was located.

A Griffen Avenue woman reported an unknown car was parked in her driveway at 5 p.m., Jan. 4. Police went to the house and spoke with the car's driver. He said he was attempting to deliver flowers to the woman, but he was afraid to get out of his car because several dogs were barking in the driveway. Police went to the door, got the woman and escorted her to the man's car to pick up her flower delivery.

A Black Birch Lane resident reported a suspicious van parked in his driveway Jan. 8. Police contacted the registered owner of the van, who was the resident's neighbor. The neighbor said the resident told him he could park in the resident's driveway during periods of snow. Patrol called the resident, and the resident's wife answered the phone. She said the neighbor was allowed to park in the driveway and surmised that her husband did not recognize the neighbor's van before calling police. Nevertheless, the neighbor moved his car.

Cars and roadways
On Jan. 3, a caller complained about a Bee-Line bus parked in a no standing zone on Palmer Avenue. The bus had broken down, and the driver was waiting for the arrival of a service mechanic.

A parking enforcement officer identified a parked car on East Parkway associated with a confirmed scofflaw Jan. 3. The officer contacted the owner and told her to settle the matter of unpaid parking tickets at Village Hall immediately.

Police issued a summons to the registered owner of a car parked the wrong way on Huntington Avenue Jan. 3.

Police issued a summons to the registered owner of cars parked on Cooper Road in violation of overnight parking restrictions Jan. 4 and 5.

Police saw a car with an open trunk parked in a Greenacres Avenue driveway at 3 a.m., Jan. 4. Police were unable to determine if the car had been broken into or if the trunk had accidentally been left open. Police closed the trunk and attempted to contact the owner.

Police notified Optimum about a fallen cable wire on Mamaroneck Road Jan. 5.

A parking enforcement officer identified a parked car in the Christie Place garage associated with a confirmed scofflaw Jan. 5. The officer contacted the owner and told her to settle the matter of $570 in unpaid parking tickets at Village Hall immediately.

On Jan. 6, a caller reported a green colored landscaper's truck driving down Griffen Avenue, with metal objects dropping from the truck. Police did not find the truck when they searched for it.

On Jan. 6, a Ridgedale Road resident reported a Kia was parked in front of his house for the second night in a row. The resident thought the driver was a white man with gray hair. The car was not there when police arrived to investigate.

Police helped direct traffic around a disabled car on Weaver Street while the driver waited for a tow Jan. 7.

Police helped a driver move his disabled car into a safe parking area on Tompkins Road Jan. 7.

Police called a tow for a disabled car parked on Post Road at 5 a.m., Jan. 8.

On Jan. 8, police removed a piece of loose plywood from Griffen Avenue.

The water department was called to address a ruptured pipe under a fire hydrant on Richbell Road Jan. 8.

Eight car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Village code
On Jan. 7, police verbally warned the foreman of a Weaver Street job site not to use power tools before 10 a.m. on weekends.

A man dressed in black, pulling a suitcase down Brewster Road, was given a verbal warning to not solicit snow shoveling business in the village without a permit Jan. 7.

On Jan. 7, at least five men who solicited to shovel snow on Brite Avenue and Stonehouse, Carthage and Heathcote roads were told they needed a permit to conduct business that way.

Three men were letting their dogs play in the snow on Boulevard Jan. 8. A caller said he was concerned for his kids' safety. Police told the men to leash their dogs, as per village code. They complied and left the area.

Lost and found
A firefighter found an iPhone with a cracked screen on Christie Place Jan. 2. Using the Siri function, police were able to get in touch with the owner's mother, who forwarded the information to her son. He came to headquarters to pick up the phone.

A resident reported losing a license plate somewhere in the village Jan. 5.

A Chase Bank debit card was found on East Parkway by a member of Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, who gave it to police Jan. 8. Police notified a Chase Bank employee who said, as per bank policy, the account would be frozen and a new debit card would be issued. The employee confirmed that the bank would notify the cardholder.

A burning odor in a Heathcote Road house was caused by a pot's plastic handle melting from flame contact Jan. 2.
A forced-air heating unit overheated and caused a burning odor in a Rodney Road house Jan. 4. Firefighters disconnected the unit and advised the homeowner to replace the motor.

A Hutchinson Avenue homeowner was having trouble opening the house door with her key Jan. 6. Firefighters helped the homeowner gain entry with the key.

Firefighters helped Con Edison employees check a Bansom Road house for possible gas migration due to a nearby gas leak Jan. 6. The house was found to be free of gas.

A Madison Road homeowner reported the stovetop gas valve was accidentally left on Jan. 6. Firefighters checked the house and detected a strong odor but no gas readings. They called Con Edison for follow up.

On Jan. 7, firefighters turned off a malfunctioning heating system in a Mamaroneck Road house. They ventilated the basement to address a minor accumulation of carbon monoxide in the basement, near the system. They advised a live-in health aide to call a service technician to repair the system before turning it on again.

This week, firefighters assisted at one car accident in the village. They responded to one false carbon monoxide alarm and eight false fire alarms caused by device malfunction, shower steam, cooking smoke, smoke from an electronic cigarette, accidental keypad activation and a plumber sweating pipes.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Jan. 3 – 8 has been compiled from official information. A few reports from Jan. 2, which were not included in last week's report, have been included here.

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